George DrakeDec 15, 2021
A Talk with George Drake
President Emeritus (1979-1991) of Grinnell College
New Books Network 2021
Today I had the pleasure of talking to George Drake, historian, professor emeritus and president emeritus of Grinnell College. George has written a memoir: Seventy Years in Academe. George brought a wealth of experience to the interview. We talked about a lot of things: why he elected to go to Grinnell, his experience as a Rhodes Scholar, how he got his first academic job, how he became president of Grinnell, the challenges he faced as president, and his rich life after he stepped down as president in 1991. George was president when I was at Grinnell, so it was an absolute joy for me to talk to him. Enjoy!
Marshall Poe is the founder and editor of the New Books Network. He's also a graduate of Grinnell College. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.